Wearing Smashbox’s Halo Long Wear Blush in In Bloom ($24) on my cheeks
TRICKY GRINDER IN THE HOUSE, Y’ALL!
TRICKY GRINDER — in the mix!
I know, “tricky grinder” sounds like a DJ name, right? Like some guy spinning at da club on a Tuesday night. Normally, you wouldn’t go because it’s a school night, but sometimes you just gotta dance.
Sorry to burst your house music bubble, but today’s “tricky grinder” is not in reference to spinning the phat jamz.
It’s the contraption that is both a blessing — and a curse — of these $24 Halo Long Wear Blushes by Smashbox.
Matte warm pink In Bloom, one of the six Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blushes
Come on, baby, let’s do the twist
You might remember seeing these Halo Longwear Blushes before. They first bounced on the scene in 2013. I took a look at them then but didn’t give them a good try until this week. Now they’re available in six shades for $24 each.
The one I’m wearing in the picture at the top is one of them, In Bloom, a natural-looking matte warm pink.
Solid blushes that come in a jar with an attached cheese grater-like thingamabobber, they let you easily control how much loose powder you use. Just twist the inner ring like a pepper grinder to shave some of the solid blush into the pan.
A closeup of the grinding contraption…
Big surprise! I get a weird kick out of this. When I use the twisty top, I feel like I’m earning my blush, like I’m a pioneer on the plains, planting, growing and gathering fresh non-GMO vegetables in my garden and sh*t. But with makeup.
Why loose blush?
I’m usually not a big fan of loose powder blushes because they can be super messy, and I’m super clumsy, but I love the way they look. I know it sounds like a bunch o’ hooey, but I’ve been taking makeup pictures of myself pretty much daily for eight years, and I see a distinct difference between the way that loose and solid powder blushes appear on my skin. Loose powders just seem to have that certain something, that je ne sais quoi, that solid powder blushes generally lack.
Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush In Bloom, one of the six available shades, looks amazeballs on skin, both in pics and real life. I like this particular matte pink because it’s forgiving (doesn’t emphasize pores) and fantastic for pics. Wear it, and your cheeks will be the envy of all the baby cherubs, son. On top of that, its 14-hour wear time kicks so much @ss. I’m talking solid color from start to finish, with minimal fading.
A couple of the six available Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blushes next to a MAC Lipglass for scale…